Seaside Oregon

While camping at Seaside Thousand Trails in Oregon

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Seaside Thousand Trails is one of my favorite thousand trails in Oregon. Its has clear open areas so we have good satellite reception. Our Verizon wifi works good here. We found a campsite with full hook ups by the indoor pool & spa. We can walk to the beach & movie theater from the campground.

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Local Restaurants: The local breakfast place we found is Pig’s n Pancakes. It serves a variety of breakfast meals. The coffee is hot and the waitresses are friendly. We have tried the Dooger’s Seafood & Grill for Clam Chowder. I was happy with the flavoring of the clam chowder here but it wasn’t the best clam chowder I’ve tasted.

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Seaside on Saturday: Saturday was busy in Seaside. The beach was filled with excited kids & hopeful parents for the beach soccer series in Seaside. The muscle cars lined the streets in downtown Seaside during the muscle car & chrome show. The local Seaside elks had a fundraiser for a fallen police officer. Saturday in Seaside was filled with things to do.

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Nature Identification: I’ve spotted several wildflowers to identify. Also, we found a new bird for our life list. While on our morning walk we spotted a Caspian Tern. His orange beak and black-capped head stood out among the seagulls on the beach.

Happy RVing!

Bird Life List

Wildflower List

Local Cafes

Traveling in Oregon

Traveling in Oregon

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-Anais Nin

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I spotted a Bindweed wildflower in Huntington Oregon at the Catfish RV Park on our walk.

Camping at the St Helen Elks Lodge #1999- Kevin and I had a great meal, good conversation and a friendly welcome at this elks lodge.  There are a few low branches on the city road leading into the lodge. There is camping with electric/water on a grass campsite. It cost $15.00 a night. The view of the Columbia River at the lodge bar & dining room is beautiful. While relaxing in the lodge we saw a barge going down the river. The dining & bar is non-smoking. This is a great lodge. I would return here.

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I spotted the Red Clover or Cow Grass next to our camping site at the St Helens Elks Lodge camping area.

On our walks, I discovered several wildflowers in the St Helens Oregon area.

Oxeye Daisy

White Campion

Hairy Cat’s Ear or False Dandelion

Happy RVing!

Wildflower Spotting List

Portland Oregon Adventures

Portland Oregon Adventures

Camping at Columbia River RV park in Portland, Oregon

Our first stop is Carver Cafe. The cafe scene in the movie Twilight with Bella and her father was filmed in this cafe. We stopped here for breakfast. The waitress showed us the table Bella and her father sat at. The cafe wasn’t full. I was surprised by that. I found the cafe on the Roadside Attraction App. The breakfast was good.

Our next stop is the Nick Burkhardt & Juliet’s house from the tv show Grimm. Portland is filled with Grimm film locations. We picked this house to satisfy our Grimm fix. Address is 805 NE Prescott St, Portland, OR 97211

Next, we drove to Ft Vancouver. I got 5 National Passport stamps here. Wow! The fort has several buildings on display. We saw a blacksmith giving a demonstration the day we visited. There was a blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, counting house, bakehouse, Dispensary.  I like this quote I found it at the counting house. This man sat for hours inside working at a job he didn’t like while his passion was to be outside.

A quote from Robert Ballantyne the Clerk of York Factory, 1843-1845

“It is needless to describe the agonies I endured while sitting, hour after hour, on a long-legged stool, my limbs quivering for want of their accustomed exercise, while the twittering of birds, barking of dogs, lowing of cows, and neighing of horses seemed to invite me to join them in the woods.”

Next, we drove on the Hwy 14 in Washington near the Colombia River gorge. We visited the Steigerwalk Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Kevin and I added the Purple Martin to our bird life list. The Purple Martin habitat has several hanging nests for the birds to gather. The wildlife refuge was well maintained. The trails looked good. I checked off another visit to a wildlife refuge in my blue goose wildlife refuge book.

Then, over to the Oregon side to see the Bonneville Dam, Bridge of the Gods & Multnomah falls. I saw several Osprey flying around the dam looking for food. We also found a well maintained geocache at the top of the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center.

The Multnomah falls were filled with tourist. We didn’t stay there too long. The Bridge of the Gods was exciting to drive over. Its part of the Pacific Crest Trail and Reese Witherspoon in the movie Wild ended her adventure here.

We went on the Shanghai Underground Tunnel tour. I wasn’t allowed to take photos of the tour. I did, however, learn about the many men that were held in cells and sold to ship captains for labor. The tour guide also told us many ghost stories about the tunnels under Portland. The tour was worth the $14.00 a person we paid.

I have a good friend named Vance that lives in Portland. I met him while I was stationed in Germany with the Army. We had a good visit at Voodoo Donuts in Portland. Oregon.

I like visiting with good friends.

Happy RVing!

Next, Kevin and I are camping at Birch Bay Thousand Trails in Washington to do some volksmarching & visit Harbor Days in Blaine, Washington.

Bird Spotting

  • Purple Martin- new life list bird
  • Osprey
  • Scrub Jay
  • Common Yellowthroat- new life list bird

 

Seaside Beach Volkssporting

Seaside Beach Volkssporting

Seaside Beach Volksmarch

The volksmarch starts at the Seaside Convention Center. During, the walk we passed by the Butterfield Cottage Historical Museum, water treatment plant, Necanicum river & beach front homes in Seaside, Oregon.

We walked along the beach. The Lewis & Clark’s trail ends at the Pacific Ocean. The Salt Works is located along the volksmarch too. I had a nice conversation with a local picking berries along the beach. He picks the berries to make homemade jelly.

Happy Trails!

What is Volkssporting?

Bird Spotting

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Western Seagull
  • Sparrow

Thanks, to the Turnaround Trekkers for organizing this volksmarch.

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, OR

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, OR

Haystack Rock

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Haystack Rock is known for its population of Tufted Puffins. The Tufted Puffin arrives starting in April. They return here every year to lay one egg in their burrow. The best time to see them is low-tide. Kevin and I woke up early and drove to Cannon Beach to see the Tufted Puffin. I saw a volunteer relaxing in a chair with his scope focused on a Tufted Puffin on the rock. We chatted with the local volunteer a bit. It was an incredible moment to see them flying around the rock and sitting in the grass near the top of the rock.

Cannon Beach is a quaint beach town. I saw several different statutes of the Tufted Puffin around the town. We’ve been looking forward to seeing the Tufted Puffin. He is beautful.

Happy Birding!

Volkssporting in Oregon

Hammond-Warrenton Trail/Waterfront & Nature Volksmarch in Hammond, Oregon
All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking. Friedrich Nietzsche

The local volksmarch club organizes this year round walk. Kevin and I decided to walk the 6k. We drove to the start box area, signed in & got our instruction for the walk. The view of the river and the bridge are beautiful. We saw several birds along our walk.

The walk included a Hollywood moment. The 1993 movie Free Willy was filmed here. The whale Keiko jumped over the jetty to freedom here. We saw the local library, firehouse & town hall. Great Volksmarch!

Happy Walking!

Birds Spotted

  • Canadian Geese
  • Double-Crested Cormorants
  • Barn Swallows
  • Western Scrub Jay’s

Thanks, to the Turnaround Trekkers for organizing this walk.

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint

We drove to Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint in Tillamook, Oregon. The Cape Meares Lighthouse is located there. This is Oregon’s shortest lighthouse. Inside the lighthouse is a gift shop, exhibit, video and a tour of the tower.

The Cape Meares Scenic Viewpoint has a very oddly shaped Sitka spruce tree in the area. The local legend is that the Native Americans placed their dead in canoes and placed them in the tree. That’s why the tree is shaped the way it is. The tree is called “Octopus Tree.”

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We walked to several of the lookouts by the lighthouse. The seabirds were flying, nesting & swimming. The Pigeon Guillemot is a new bird for our bird list. It was floating by Three Arch Rock National Wildlife Refuge.  We also spotted a Pelagic Cormorant on a nest. Two new birds for our bird life list. Great Birding Day!

Kevin and I went to mexican food for lunch. I ate a whole veggie burrito and too many chips to count. It made me sick. I’m starting fresh with my weight watcher smart points tomorrow. 🙂

Happy RVing!